CLEPA discussed access to in-vehicle data at High-Level Meeting on Connected and Automated Driving

As of 2022, there are approximately 52 million connected vehicles in Europe. Looking at the overall potential of data monetisation in the mobility ecosystem, the French Presidency of the Council organised a High-Level Meeting on Connected and Automated Driving (HLM-CAD) on 16-17 February. This was an important milestone ahead of the Data Act, slated for publication on 23 February, and of a revision of type-approval rules on in-vehicle data access, planned for the end of this year.

The meeting provided a platform for discussion among stakeholders, representatives from the EU institutions and academia. CLEPA participated in a panel on access to in-vehicle data alongside speakers from the organisations representing automobile manufacturers (ACEA), repairers (CECRA, AFCAR), drivers (FIA), test inspection (CITA), and transport authorities (BASt), to discuss lessons learned from previous projects. 

Automotive suppliers operate individual data marketplaces and have gained considerable experience in proof of concepts and first data-based business models. In this session, CLEPA’s Senior Consultant for Market Affairs, Frank Schlehuber, presented the lessons learned from cooperation platforms and projects and CLEPA’s priorities for the upcoming legislations. 

The Data Act legislation aims to facilitate data sharing, access, and fair use among businesses. CLEPA supports this objective and welcomes a horizontal proposal that leaves room for vertical legislation to set more detailed rules addressing sector-specific regulatory objectives. For suppliers, it is important that this text allows that data generated by a connected vehicle be used by third-parties to develop mobility services, independently from those services provided by the data holder. In fact, a lack of openness here would be in direct conflict with the Data Act’s objectives: if third-parties cannot use data generated by connected devices to offer competing services (to the benefit of consumers), there would be no real benefit in data sharing.  

“The Data Act will provide guidance on B2B data sharing, but it is only through an additional sector-specific regulation that we can foster investments,” said Frank Schlehuber during the meeting.

In line with this sector-specific approach, the next step in the development of a policy framework around data has recently been set by the Mobility Unit work programme, under the Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market. The unit has recently announced a revision of type-approval rules to be published in the second half of 2021. CLEPA welcomes the fact that with this plan, the Commission recognises the complexity of our sector, and acknowledges the specific considerations of access to in-vehicle data, including issues which need to be addressed through a sector-specific approach. 


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